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In Holland, six die of Goat flu

While many countries in the world are still struggling with swine flu, a new epidemic of goat flu or Q-fever has struck the Netherlands.

Q-fever, caused by Coxiella burnetii bacteria, can be secreted into the milk, urine and feces of infected animals; the amniotic fluid and placenta of pregnant goats or sheep which experience spontaneous abortions, however, are the main transmitters of the disease.

High fever, severe headaches, chills, confusion, sore throat, muscle aches, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and general illness are the main symptoms of goat flu. The disease mainly affects the lungs and liver.
 
 

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